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Committal service and interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery with presentation of the United States Flag and full military honors provided by the American Legion Post 59 Honor Guard of Laredo. Pallbearers were Jose A. Valdez Jr., Jose Perales III, David Daniel Garza, Ahmed Alomar Jose Gonzalez, Jose Resendez, Jorge Gonzalez Jr., Antonio Cisneros, and Carlos Castillo. Honorary pallbearers were Guadalupe P. Castillo, Jose A. Valdez Sr., David Garza Jr., Jose B. Perales Jr., Jeronimo Valdez, Hector Villanueva, B.J. Villanueva, Luis Castillo, Juan Castillo, Guadalupe Castillo Jr., Francisco Castillo and Roberto Castillo.

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elect the next governor of Texas -- and other top state offices -- but they will also have a say in who will be the senator in Congress for the next six years. Incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison, a well-funded Republican, faces Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston attorney. The Laredo ballot also features two races that will have a direct local impact: Henry Cuellar's fight to keep his seat in Congress from challenger Frank Enriquez, a McAllen attorney; and the duo between Democrat Sergio "Keko" Martinez and Republican Jesus Longoria for county commissioner, Precinct 4, seat. Aside from filling in the bubbles for these races, Laredoans will also have to spend additional time completing the unusually lengthy ballot that contains 81 proposed amendments to the city charter. The amendments call for creating an ethics commission to oversee the city council, and a civil service commission to protect city employees, among other items. In El Cenizo, residents have city races on the ballot in addition to the statewide races. Incumbent Mayor Raul Reyes is facing challenger Jorge "Buki" Vela; and five people are running for two city commissioner positions: Denise Rider, Rafael Rodriguez, Noe Aguilar Hernandez, Lesley Ann Gonzalez and Elsa Degollado. Javier Montemayor Jr., Webb County Democratic chairman, and Esther Buckley, Webb County Republican chairwoman, urged voters to take the time to exercise their constitutional right to vote. "A lot of people, after the fact, complain about our laws and our elected officials, but if they want to make a change, voting is the way to do it," Montemayor said Monday. Referring to a radio show earlier that day in which some callers expressed a desire to hold a recall election of certain officials, Montemayor said these efforts could be avoided if more people would take the time to vote during elections. "What we have right now is a minority leading the majority," he said. Of the county's 100,000 voters, an average of 35,000 turn out to vote during popular elections, "so if you think about it, it's the minority governing the majority," he said. National issues such as immigration, the economy, the border wall and the war in Iraq, and state issues such as revamping the education system should draw more voters to the polls, "so that they can elect the most competent officials to represent them in Austin and Washington," Montemayor said. Buckley, likewise, urged Laredoans to take more time at the polls today to vote on the charter amendments. "The charter is an extremely important issue for us, so is the governor's race," she said. "Everybody should go vote. It's important." Montemayor agreed. "The time for change is now," he said. "We can do it, but we need to get out and vote." Only one-tenth of all Webb County voters, roughly 10,000, submitted a ballot during early voting, according to data compiled by the county's elections office. Mall del Norte was the early voter's site of choice, with the Laredo Medical Center coming in second. For more information on your precinct and polling site, call the elections office at (956) 523-4050. ( Tricia Cortez may be reached at 728-2568 or by email at [email protected])

Jesus Castillo, 90, was called by the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Funeral services were held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, from the Hernandez-Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Holy Mass was celebrated at 9 a.m. at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church.


Photo by Andy Ellis | Laredo Morning Times

Araceli Vallarta, director of the Office of Youth Ministry, at podium, is joined by members of the Diocese of Laredo, the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau and church members during a press conference discussing the upcoming regional youth conference here.

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spread "that fire" to their peers. "Come taste and feel and get burnt and get transformed by the fire," Juarez said, urging young Laredoans to sign up for the remaining slots. The cost for the three-day event, which includes lodging, meals, transportation, T-shirts and event paraphernalia is $175. One Knights of Columbus chapter, the San Agustin Council, has raised nearly $5,000 to sponsor 28 youngsters from their downtown parish that takes in parishioners from El Cuatro and El Azteca neighborhoods and other parts of the city. Jose A. "Pepe" Espinoza and Domingo Medina, who attended the event, said their Knights of Columbus chapter wanted to give parish teenagers whose families have limited financial means an opportunity to attend this spiritual event. The conference "is a good time to come together in payer when so many things are happening in the world," said Vallarta, who at the briefing was surrounded by members of her core committee at the briefing, and others who have helped with the two-year planning process. They include managers of some of the 18 hotels that will house participants, as well as LEC General Manager Jalinna Jones and representatives from the city, county, Texas A&M International University. Vallarta said her committee is working closely with the fire and police departments to make the youth conference a safe and successful event. For more information, or to sign-up, call the Diocese's youth office at (956) 727-2140. ( Tricia Cortez may be reached at 728-2568 or by email at [email protected])

Juanita Ontiveros, 85, went with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, from 4-9 p.m. at Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Franky

Martinez, Mario Soto Jr., Miguel Gonzalez, Alvaro Estevis Jr., Santos Sanchez, Danny Wilkerson, Antonio Gonzalez Jr. and Ruben Garcia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home, 802 Coke St.

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Sundays would give the employees time to clean and maintain the equipment. Councilman Hector "Tito" Garcia inserted that the council had already given the directive to the department to close on Sundays and raise the rate 50 cents. In a 7-1 vote, the council approved the ordinance. Medina said that during the week 800 to 1,000 people come to the landfill, but on Sundays the number drops to 100 to 400. During executive session, Mayor Raul Salinas left via a side door and was taken in an ambulance to a hospital. No details were immediately available. Also at Monday night's meeting, the council: approved a contact with Khaledi Bridge of Americas limited partnership for retail space at El Portal, agreeing to let the company pay $2 per square foot for 22,729 square feet for 20 years, and to have the property reappraised every four years introduced an ordinance amending the city's Code of Ordinances to allow for supplemental pay for city employees who have been called to active military duty locally introduced an ordinance freezing the city property taxes for disabled residents and residents aged 65 and older introduced an ordinance authorizing the city manager to execute an interlocal contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety to deny renewal of a drivers license if the individual has failed to appear in municipal court and authorizing a $30 administrative fee. The council did not take action on whether to appeal a lawsuit filed by Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez and Webb County against the city, alleging the City Council meet in an illegal executive session before it decided to purchase property that the county wanted to build a fifth international bridge. The city said it wanted the land for a park. (Julie Daffern may be reached at (956) 728-2538 or [email protected])


daughters, Fernando (Maria Elena) Martinez Jr., Juan Martin (Claudia) Martinez, Jose Luis (Lourdes) Martinez, Mario Alberto (Edit) Martinez and San Juanita Guadalupe Martinez; brother, Roberto Martinez; and sisters, Eloisa Martinez and Benita Martinez. Also surviving him are nephews, nieces, numerous other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, from 4 to 9 p.m. and a vigil of the deceased will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Funeral services will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, departing from the funeral home chapel. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at San Luis Rey Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Laredo City Cemetery.

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trying to confront the police. A radio station at Oaxaca's university, where the leftists had set up their base earlier this week, reported that gunmen had fired at some protesters near the university earlier Sunday, injuring a 21-year old student who was taken to a public hospital. The hospital confirmed a student had been brought in with a bullet wound. There was no immediate government reaction to the report. About 4,000 federal police swooped into the city on Oct. 29 to restore order following a five-month protest that had rattled President Vicente Fox's administration, scared tourists out of Oaxaca and left at least nine people dead, mostly protesters shot by armed gangs. After being chased out of the city center, the demonstrators moved to the university. Police surrounded the campus last week and battled hundreds of protesters armed with gasoline bombs, stones and fireworks stuffed with glass and nails, leaving more than 30 people injured. On Saturday, masked protesters detained and blindfolded two men near the university, accusing them of being spies for the federal police. Mexico's Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday that the men were soldiers who were tied up, beaten and robbed before being released.

Fernando Martinez, 80, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at a local hospital. Mr. Martinez was born in Devine, and had been a resident of Laredo for some time. During his lifetime he had been employed with City Wide Security as a security guard for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Maria R. Martinez. He is survived by his wife, Paula H. Martinez; sons and

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Acklin Stamping for 40 years, retiring in 1987. He also was a selfemployed cab driver with Black and White Cab Company for 50 years, driving cab No. 194. Alfonso was preceded in death by his sons, Alfonso III, Gilberto and Antonio Leal. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary S. Leal; devoted children, Maria Salazar of Denver, Jane Leal Ledesma of Dallas, Roberto Leal of Toledo, and Luis Leal of Toledo; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; brother, Carlos Leal and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family may visit at H. H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, 3219 Tremainsville, (at Alexis) 419-473-1301. Funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in the funeral home. Leftist protesters have battled police for control of Oaxaca City since last week, and the guerrilla groups pledged to continue "military" actions until Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz steps down. Protesters accuse Ruiz, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, of rigging the elections that brought him to power in 2004 and oppressing dissent, but have so far failed in their attempts to oust him. "We take full responsibility for these actions," the groups said in a statement e-mailed to the news media. "Our politicalmilitary action is a response to our determination to reply with revolutionary violence to the violence unleashed by the lords of power and money." The groups identified themselves as the Lucio Cabanas Barrientos Revolutionary Movement, The Democratic Revolutionary Tendency-People's Army, the Insurgent Organization-May 1, The Dec. 2 Execution Brigade, and the Popular Liberation Brigades.


Police charge man with aggravated kidnapping



Alfonso Leal Jr., age 82, of Toledo, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital. He was born in Laredo on September 18, 1924, to his parents Alfonso and Guadalupe Leal. Alfonso was employed with

`Cheaper by the Dozen' author dies


FRESNO, Calif. -- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, whose lighthearted memoir, "Cheaper by the Dozen," detailed the frenentic life of a family with 12 children and inspired several films, died Saturday. She was 98.

Carey died of natural causes at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, her son Charles Carey Jr. said. "Cheaper by the Dozen," which Carey co-wrote with her brother Frank Gilbreth, became a best seller when it was published in 1948.

Laredo Police Department officers arrested 33-year-old Ramon Arizola on charges of firstdegree aggravated kidnapping after they allege he assaulted his common-law wife and forced her into a car with him. At 10:39 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 500 block of Flores for a reported assault. Upon arrival, witnesses told officers a man had assaulted a woman before forcing her into his white Grand Marquis. While investigating the allegations, officers found the woman, Alicia Montemayor, in a residence on the 2500 block of David Lane.

She had sustained some injuries to both her face and body, and was taken to the Laredo Medical Center for treatment. ARIZOLA Officers then arrested her common-law husband, Arizola, who was taken to the Webb County Jail. "It's got nothing to do with kidnapping for ransom," said LPD spokesman Juan Rivera. "It was more a domestic violence thing." (Kirsten Crow may be reached at (956) 728-2557 or by email at [email protected])



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